Writing about your family or your childhood can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start. Having a theme like holidays and family vacations or writing chronologically are two ways to organize.
I use memoir threads to brainstorm themes. For summer I suggest favorite summer activities from childhood.
Write the theme in the circle. Then on each line brainstorm what you loved doing as a child during summer.
Going to the beach
Hide and seek
Vacations in Lake George
You can add more threads as once you open the jar of memories, they tend to overflow.
Then take each memory thread and write about it. Use all your sensory details like smell, sight, taste, feel, hear, plus who were you with, when, and what feelings did this memory leave you with?
Some memories can be painful, especially if you were forced to so something you didn’t like each summer. They can be just as powerful and may help to write about from an older perspective.
You may renew a love of something thst you stopped doing or want to visit old friends.
The threads are endless. Make copies of your thread sheet, fill it in, and you will always have topics for your journal.